Briefing Note: Decisions, Rationale and Key Findings Summary

Health Evidence™ (2009). Briefing note: Decisions, rationale and key findings summary. Retrieved from Organization website:

Canadian Template available En français


This template outlines key pieces of information for writing a briefing note. A briefing note is a description of an issue that draws on research and practice-based evidence to provide options and recommendations to address a particular issue. Briefing notes inform decision-makers about an issue by succinctly describing key pieces of information.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The template is made up the following sections:

  • Issue
  • Background
  • Current status
  • Description of relevant evidence
  • Conclusion/recommended actions

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

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